Chery Automobile has said it has rolled out its first self-developed electric car.

Chery claims that the model, known as S18, is capable of going as far as 150 kilometers when fully charged, with a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour.

Chery uses iron-phosphate-based lithium-ion batteries for S18, which can be fully charged in 4 to 6 hours and 80 percent charged in half an hour, it said.

BYD Auto, a subsidiary of rechargeable battery maker BYD Co , launched its plug-in hybrid car F3DM in China late last year.

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